Are The 2022 Regulations A Good/Bad Thing?
As solid fuel stoves have been back in the mainstream media recently and Micheal Gove's warnings surrounding air pollution are spreading fear, uncertainty and doubt into the minds of consumers, we thought we would put this article together so that you are better informed on the 2022 regulations and what they will mean to you.
Below is an excerpt from the Stove Industry Alliance's (SIA) website which goes some way into explaining exactly what the criteria is that stove manufacturers must aim to reach so that they're stoves are reaching the efficiency standards outlined by the regulations.
"In order to qualify for the SIA Ecodesign label a stove has to have been independently tested by an approved lab and met the emissions criteria for Ecodesign.
The test results then must be verified by HETAS. The stove will then be listed on the HETAS web site. Click here to see a list of Ecodesign Ready stoves.
SIA Ecodesign Ready stoves will meet the DEFRA exemption criteria but the stove must still be tested for DEFRA exemption, until Ecodesign becomes law in 2022, in order to be used is a smoke control area.
As it is an SIA sponsored label, it can only be applied to SIA member stoves.
Ecodesign is the European-wide programme to lower emissions. It is due to come into force in the UK in 2022. The main manufacturers in the SIA have decided to release stoves that will meet the lower emission limits now, five years early.
Independent tests have shown that an Ecodesign Ready stove produces 90% fewer emissions than an open fire and 84% fewer than a stove of ten years ago.
The Ecodesign Ready scheme is verified by Hetas and supported by DEFRA. The SIA Ecodesign Ready label will set the standard for the most environmentally friendly stoves available today.
The Ecodesign Ready label will clearly inform consumers that the stove will meet the new stringent emission limits."
The regulations coming into place will affect the manufacturer more so than it will the consumer at any stage and should not be viewed with negative connotations.
The stoves being produced will be more efficient (meaning more heat with less fuel consumption) and the negative impact on the environment will be drastically reduced, there really is no downside!
Many manufacturers are making the jump already in preparation, making sure that their stoves are complaint with the regulations 5 years in advance, so it may not take as long as that in order to see significant change in the efficiency offered up by manufacturers.
The bottom line is: the SIA 2022 regulations should be welcomed by supplier and customer alike, so don't fret, it's a good thing!